Anna Khodorkovskaya (b. 1985, Moscow, Russia) graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She works with mosaic, painting, and graphics. She actively develops her artistic projects in public spaces. She uses performance and transmedia techniques to realize her works, sometimes in collaboration with other artists. Anna Khodorkovskaya’s works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 2014, she received the Strabag Award International.
A small part of the whole can hardly understand the great, immense something, of which it is a part. Is it even possible to understand the whole? At any rate, it is possible to try to understand a part of it. One can try to reach the whole through its fragments, step by step, collecting pieces on the path to a picture of this world. As a way of studying these pieces, or rather debris of reality, I chose to depict them in the form of mosaic. Mosaic glass stones are originally fragments and pieces themselves. Tile by tile, they are to be collected and a new whole is to be constructed. The history and tradition of mosaic is thousands of years old. Domenico Ghirlandaio, the influential artist of the Florentine Renaissance, described it fittingly as “pittura per l’eternità”—painting for eternity. It has been used to convey ideological statements in various times. Stone by stone. Day by day. Week after week. Letter by letter. Word by word. Today, everything is rushing through space and time, without borders and brakes, in a geometric progression. Perhaps in this slow, timeless working process, I shall be able to grasp the whole.